Visit a London theatre today and you could witness any one of the world famous shows that have been drawing in huge crowds and racking up the awards today. From the likes of We Will Rock You to Hairspray and Blood Brothers, these shows are blockbuster musicals that have taken the West End by storm.
But it’s not just musicals; the West End has a lot to offer in the form of great theatre as well, ranging from Shakespearean classics such as Hamlet to modern day masterpieces such as the Laurence Olivier Award Winning Black Watch. People flock from all over the world to see productions such as these, as in London’s Theatreland (as it is known), the best actors and musicians choose these stages to showcase their latest performances. In the last two years a range of world class actors have appeared including James McAvoy, Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Robert Webb, Derek Jacobi, Richard E Grant, Christopher Eccleston, Josh Hartnett and Kevin Spacey. It makes the world of theatre an exciting place to be.
It is in London that Kevin Spacey is the Artistic Director of the world famous theatre the Old Vic, a venue that has been inviting audiences to its acclaimed productions since 1818. Over its near 200 year life span, it has seen many big names walk the boards, including Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Richard Burton, with Spacey now amongst those who can make such a claim. It is a brilliant venue and one that was even considered to be the National Theatre of Great Britain for some time in the twentieth century, before a permanent location was built for such a venture in the 1970s on South Bank. Its recent productions include the Spacey directed Complicit which starred Hollywood actor Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, W) in a lead role.
But this is just one venue in a city that has more than forty. West End Shows offer so much choice that no-one can be left disappointed, particularly as there are shows that include Chicago, Billy Elliot, Waiting for Godot, Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia!, God of Carnage, The Mousetrap, Joseph and many more.
So perhaps now it is time to book those London theatre tickets for a West End show of your choice. It will be an unforgettable experience featuring some of the world’s best talents.